Aspen Santa Fe Ballet wraps up summer with performances by Paul Taylor, local company |

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet wraps up summer with performances by Paul Taylor, local company

Paul Taylor Dance Company will perform at the Aspen District Theatre on Saturday, Aug. 13.
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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is winding down its summer season with a guest performance from a local favorite and a final bow from a beloved dancer who has helped define the Aspen company.

Paul Taylor Dance Company, led by the legendary modern dance choreographer Paul Taylor, returns to the Aspen District Theatre on Saturday, Aug. 13. The company has made frequent appearanes in Aspen over the years, growing a loyal local fan-base for the company and the greatest living American choreographer.

They’ll be performing three works spanning more than two decades: Taylor’s “Spindrift” from 1993 and his “Promethean Fire” from 2002, alongside “Rush Hour,” a new commissioned ballet by Larry Keigwin.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will perform Tuesday, Aug. 16 at the District Theatre in its second program of the summer. The evening will include Jiri Kylian’s “Sleepless,” Alejandro Cerrudo’s “Silent Ghost” and Cayetano Soto’s “Huma Rojo.” An encore performance is scheduled for Aug. 27.

The program marks the final performance by Samantha Klanac Campanile, who has been dancing with Aspen Santa Fe for 15 years and will retire at the end of the summer.

“She had some input in what she wanted to do for the last time,” says Aspen Santa Fe executive director Jean-Philippe Malaty. “She danced everything by Cayetano, so that made sense, and even though she’s not featured more than others she wanted to do this for her last performance.”

Both performances are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets run from $25 to $94 and are available at the Wheeler Opera House box office and

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